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There is a fundamental difference between offering legal advice and mediation, although both are used to resolve external conflicts and both aim to find a balance. The law offers established legal rules, and promises that the desired goal will be achieved through their application. On the other hand, mediation is based on completely different principles: it works with human emotions and other categories that the law is indifferent to, such as the quality of communication, and through change in these areas aims to achieve the same goal, i.e. to change a current unsatisfactory situation and restore balance or peace of mind.

To give you the complete picture, mediation means the resolution of a dispute with the participation of a third party, a mediator, whose role is clear – helping improve communication and resolving conflict between the parties. It is not therapy, or court proceedings, or arbitration. It is discreet (non-public) and may result in an oral or written agreement which may be subject to judicial approval only if the parties so wish. Thereafter such agreement has the weight of a court judgment.
Veronika Otáhalová

Tel: +420 724 006 510
veronika@greenglobe.cz | office@greenglobe.cz
Veronika Otáhalová
My principles
My task is to support clients in finding a solution according to what a given situation really offers, as perceived by themselves and others, and in deciding how they wish to organize their relationships. Clients should be aware of their powers and have hope that a solution or change is possible. Legal standards, too, can provide leverage that will help them achieve their goals.
I have been working in the legal field for over 20 years, since 1999 in advocacy, since 2012 also in mediation practice, and for the last 18 months in giving legal advice for integrating foreigners. To support my legal assistance to clients, I have attended a number of seminars and trainings outside the legal field, mainly focused on improving my understanding of the client, their situation, and especially on developing my own understanding of conflict. I will not stop enjoying the surprise hidden in every conflict. For me, conflict is a call for change, a certain secret to be discovered.

In terms of areas of law, I have experience with copyright, construction, contract, and real estate law, including legal custody and right of abode.

I also consider important the seasonal work I do in our garden and field, which increase in size from year to year and where I learn the things I cannot experience elsewhere.
Richard N. Marinov

Tel: +420 777 044 764
richard@greenglobe.cz | office@greenglobe.cz
Richard Narinov
My principles
The aim of mediation is to find a common solution, not to find the culprit. It is an out-of-court process that is voluntary, non-public and involving an unfavourable mediator.
I learned about mediation more than 10 years ago from my friend, who at that time successfully went through mediation training. Even then, I also did a lot of counselling in the field of interpersonal relationships. Basically, my focus has always been and still is on interpersonal relationships, whether personal or professional, on their development and possible changes.

Each of us has already experienced a conflict and knows very well that under the influence of strong emotions it is usually not possible to see a solution, let alone just perceive the other. I feel that the conflict is natural and that it only depends on how you grasp it. As a mediator, I am in your conflict with you and my advantage is the inner peace that I maintain during your conflict.

I focus on mediation for the family area (marital disputes, children upbringing, and sibling or partner disputes) and for other personal relationships, such as friendships, neighbours, etc.

For example:
A client came with the idea that her neighbours were bullying her, vulgarly cursing her and her children, and telling them to go back where they had come from. She wanted to file a criminal complaint, let the police deal with it, and also sue them in court. Adding up the costs for the client, the action would have set her back tens of thousands of crowns and there would have been no guarantee that the chosen path would bring the solution she sought. After all, she wanted peace with her neighbours. We discussed the situation very thoroughly – the noise of the client’s children carries to the neighbours’ flat and is unbearable for them. The children have a climbing wall and similar attractions up against a wall shared with the neighbours. There are three children and they are 4–10 years old. The client also had to suffer years before, when tourists were watching a porn channel in the neighbouring flat, rented through Airbnb, and everything could be heard. We managed to look at the case in a fresh way, one in which there was no ‘culprit’, where the originator of every problem was the wall itself. It came as a surprise when client confirmed that originally there had been no wall between their flats – it was once all one flat. The newly built partition was poorly made and too thin. The next step was obvious…
Sometimes, common sense is enough, sometimes just intuition. Sometimes even the law is not enough.

In the event that a consumer dispute arises between a lawyer in the course of their activity and a consumer which cannot be resolved by mutual agreement, the consumer may file an application for out-of-court settlement of such a dispute with a body designated for out-of-court settlement of consumer disputes, which is in this case the Czech Bar Association (with its registered office at Národní 16, 110 00 Prague 1, ID 66000777, electronic filing office: epodatelna@cak.cz, website: www.cak.cz).

All prices for legal services are contractual and are the subject of an agreement between the lawyer and client based on the circumstances and subject matter. In the absence of an agreement between the lawyer and client, prices for legal services are governed by the so-called lawyer’s tariff (Decree of the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic No. 177/1996 Coll., as amended).

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